Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 2, 13th May 2022

Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.

  • Monday 16th May - BOT Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Friday 20th May - Pink Shirt Day
  • Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Wednesday & Thursday 15th & 16th June - Whanau Learning Conferences
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 21st & 22nd June - School Production
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to positively greet classmates, staff, and parents

Te reo phrase of the week: titiro mai (Look this way)

Kia ora,

There is a real buzz around winter sports and active play at break times at the moment. Every day we have students playing basketball, netball, soccer, touch, rippa, and four square. This is fantastic to see as students participating in physical activity and building up their fitness levels is a high priority for our school. It also helps them to work on their social skills such as team work, taking turns, and communication.

We have netball and basketball teams competing at all year levels this term. Thank you very much to the parents who are coaching, managing, or helping out in one way or the other. Our students would not have had the opportunity to participate in these sports for the school if you didn’t volunteer your valuable time.

As of today we currently have 12 Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Ruby for going above and beyond to help the coaches at netball practise.

Room 2 - Amber for trying really hard and smashing her 9 x tables

Room 3 - Isabelle for always striving to do her best and support those around her.

Room 4 - Leo for being a fantastic class learning buddy.

Room 5 - Harvey for the amazing effort that you are putting into learning our dance.

Room 6 - Miharu for your all round effort in everything that you do in Room 6.


Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea.

If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Matapu School Parents Association


Monday 23rd May


In the Matapu Hall

All Welcome


Room 2 are in search of unwanted flat white sheets for their production costumes, any condition is fine.

Room 1

Room One had a great time at Ripper on Friday last week, we learned some new skills, and the then to put them into practise to finish off the session. It was so much fun. Thank you to Taranaki Rugby for the opportunity. We are really looking forward to you coming back and running more skills lessons with us in the future.

Room 2

Well, we are right into it! We are loving the gorgeous weather, even if it is a bit frosty in the morning. Production practice is ramping up, and we are getting excited as we make props and costumes, as well as doing a lot of research about Ancient Egypt.

I have loved using a new app called, 'Jamboard', and the children are so invested in technology and different ways to access their knowledge. To this end, they have been creating 'Jams' where they are collating and grouping information about Ancient Egypt - with the intention of eventually creating a poster.

Room 3

We have begun learning our dance for the school production this week. The whole class is very excited about our theme and are working hard to learn the moves for the dance.

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been learning about Fiji for our school production. We are busy making Fijian inspired fans and learning to meke (dance) with them. We have started learning how to identify 3D shapes and know what their features are. Our writing has been focussed on writing information reports about Fijian animals. We are enjoying Kapa Haka again every Monday. This week we started learning the three little fish song in te reo Maori.

Room 5

We are so happy to be back and doing Kapa Haka each Monday with Matua Lewis. The kids love learning the new waiata and moves that go with it.

This week Room 5 has been learning about the different digraphs - a digraph is two letters that make one sound. Sh, th, and ch are some of the digraphs we have been using in our phonics, and we are already using some of them in our writing!

Room 6

Before Easter we made some pipe cleaner easter eggs as part of our crafts and when we got back last week we did some science magic with them!

We got a big bucket of boiling water to which we added lots of borax. We had to count all the spoonfuls as we went…and there were heaps! Next we stirred the borax through the water to dissolve some of it, then we hung our eggs in the solution and waited to see what would happen. Some of our ideas were they will change colours …they will turn purple…they will all disappear…and they will be a different shape.

We were really surprised this week to find they were now covered in crystals and look like they came out of the snow!

Community Notices

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